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Sunday School and MS/HS Bible Study Starts this Weekend
Thank you to those who are serving as teachers for our youth and children! Our Sunday School teachers and youth leaders will be installed this weekend at the 11am service. 
 
Sunday School
Children from PreK-4 through 5th grade will be studying from Group Publishing's Dig-In series. "Digging Into The Heart of God" brings a fresh approach to growing a lifelong relationship with God. As kids explore God's character throughout the Bible, God transforms them from the inside out. Kids discover what it means to reflect the heart of God in everyday life.


A teacher will be located in two places at 9:30am this Sunday to walk with/direct children and their parents to their classrooms: one outside the west ramp door of the Sanctuary as well as one at Heritage Hall. Teachers this year:  VPK4 and K - Desiree Kallesen,  1st and 2nd Grade - Traci Brown,  3rd through 5th Grade - Gail Wilkosz

MS/HS Students 
MS/HS Bible study will be meeting this Sunday August 18th at 9:30am to kick off another year of fellowship and learning. Rather than relying printed materials for our lessons we will instead be using interactive video programs specifically designed for today's youth.

We will begin this year with a three week video series titled, an Assistant Professor of Education at Concordia University, Wisconsin. This dynamic series will help answer questions such as: Does science confirm the Bible? Did dinosaurs and humans live together? and What about the missing link?


Trinity Youth Bible study is open to all youth in grades 6-12. Classes will be led by Tom Finger and will take place in the youth room in the church basement. Food and refreshments will be served. We look forward to Trinity youth and their friends joining us each week as we gain a greater understanding about God's plan for us through our exploration of the Bible

Backpack Blessings
Trinity parents and students, THANK YOU for your participation in the Backpack Blessings last weekend. It was great to see all of our students with their backpacks!  We also enjoyed having our Trinity CDC families and teachers join us for worship on Saturday evening. At all services the students were given backpack tags and prayer journals. Here are a few ideas for using those gifts to encourage your child's practice of prayer:
  • The prayer journal booklet is an excellent tool to start a conversation with your child about; 
    • the many things they have to be grateful for 
    • all the people they would like to pray for
    • any other things they want to pray about
    • praying to ask God for help with something
    • recognizing answered prayers - taking notice when you see that God has answered a prayer.  
A bedside conversation with your child is a great time to have such discussions.  Other families use meal time to talk about their day and to do a little "God-talk" that is at the child's level. 
  • The backpack tag you received has a prayer on the back that would be great for starting the day.  It can be said in the morning when getting ready for school, in the car on the way to school, or even on your way home.  There's really no right or  wrong with prayer - we're just talking to God!

Choir Begins Wednesday, August 28 @ 7:30 p.m.
It's Time! It's time for anyone interested in singing with Trinity's Parish Choir to head back up the stairs to the balcony. Our first rehearsal will be Wednesday, August 28, 7:30 p.m. in the church balcony. Rehearsals will continue every Wednesday night at 7:30 (except during Advent and Lent, when we shift slightly). All are invited. None are turned away. It's okay if you have to miss some Wednesday rehearsals or Sunday services. We typically sing three Sundays a month, including two 11:00 a.m. services and one 8:00 a.m. service. We look forward to seeing some new faces. And of course we want to see those old faces. This is a great opportunity to serve the church through its music ministry. See you Wednesday, August 28!  Psalm 96:1 ~ Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!
 
You're Invited to Make A More Joyful Noise! 
"Make A More Joyful Noise!" is open to everyone that wants to make a More Joyful Noise! We sing a few times each year, and ask that you join us for rehearsal the Wednesday before the Sunday we sing, or even the morning that we sing. This is for anyone that wants to "try out" choir, even if for only one Sunday, or for those that want to share the joy of Jesus Christ through music. Faith, fun and fellowship are abundant with Make A More Joyful Noise! Please come join us!

Choir at the 100th Anniversary
Dust off those vocal chords! We would love for you to join us at the first Parish Choir rehearsal, Wednesday, August 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the church balcony. Our first Make A More Joyful Noise! Sunday will be September 15, for Trinity's 100th Anniversary combined church service. Come out and be a part of the music ministry for this milestone Sunday service. 100 year anniversaries only happen every 100 years, so this is really big! You want to be a part of this. We're planning a very special anthem for that Sunday.
 
OWLS Fellowship
Older wiser Lutherans are meeting for lunch at Cheddar's on August 30 at Noon.  The address is 6650 S. Semoran Blvd. Call or email Audrey to confirm: 407-897-1418 or robert.w.gordon@hotmail.com.
 
Trinity's 100th Anniversary Plans Update
Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 15, for a time of fellowship as we give thanks to God and remember & celebrate our 100 years of Trinity history! That Sunday morning will begin with breakfast by Green Coat Catering at 9:00am, followed by a Time Capsule opening, and then one combined worship service at 10:30am.   
 
Ruth Lane 
The City of Orlando is removing bricks, leveling the road, and then rebricking Ruth Lane.  The project started on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, and will take 3-4 weeks. You will still be able to exit Trinity onto Ruth Lane from the interior driveway and from the parking lot behind the Sanctuary, but there will be no parking on the street until the project has been completed.
 
Serving and Sharing the Gospel in our Community
Over the last 11 years, Trinity Shares Christmas/Angel Tree has been one of Trinity's most-loved projects, and the support is always overwhelming. In order to keep this project going for many more years to come, I am asking for two people to step up and become co-coordinators with me. What does that mean? You would share in coordinating these tasks (not doing everything yourself):  calling caretakers in October to verify information and to get gift suggestions for the children; using a database to track items; setting up the TSC tree in late October/early November with requests on the ornaments; sorting, bagging, and tagging food and gifts; and arranging for transportation of the food and gifts in early to mid-December. The database is easy to use, and there are always volunteers willing to help write out the ornaments, sort and bag gifts and food, and make deliveries. If you would like to know more, please contact me, Glenda, at whitemice@bellsouth.net
 
Trinity's LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry
We pray for all affected by these events, victims & their families, first responders, medical examiners, counselors and the Comfort Dog teams deployed to show the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need in both Texas and Ohio.  Twenty six Comfort Dogs were deployed from multiple regions closest to those locations.  Because Peace was not in those closest regions, she was not deployed.  

Operation Barnabas Update
Operation Barnabas has  been blessed with wonderful support from both our Trinity families as well as families from Christ the King - canteens full of change, cash donations totalling $1256, and items donated for care packages that will be sent directly to active duty military. A designated account is now set up for this ministry, so for those able to donate and/or direct Thrivent Dollars, you can do so to Trinity-Operation Barnabas. The National Commander, Gary Danielsen, is excited about our efforts as well, and including this chapter's efforts in his next national newsletter about our efforts here in Central Florida!  Thank you all for your support! The next meeting is on Wednesday, August 21, at 6:30 pm in the church undercroft (basement). Anyone interested is invited to attend. Questions? Contact OperationBarnabas@trinitydowntown.com.
 
Updating Trinity's Veterans Plaque
Operation Barnabas will be updating Trinity's veterans plaque for active duty, retired and deceased veterans. If you have names you would like included on the board, email OperationBarnabas@TrinityDowntown.com with Name, Branch of military, Rank and Years of service( i.e. 1975-1989).  We will include a panel for first responders in the congregation as well.
 
Lutheran Study Bible Sale (and more)
Concordia Publishing House is having their annual sale - their new and most popular Bibles and companion books are discounted up to 33%.  Cph.org
 
New Faces on Campus
If you're on campus during the work week, you may see some new faces that you don't recognize. We have two remarkable educational programs operating out of Heritage Hall, who will be utilizing some of our shared spaces (restrooms, playgrounds, etc). 

Quest Kids Academy is on the second floor of Heritage Hall. Quest Kids Academy provides quality education for children with developmental and
 intellectual disabilities, many on the Autism spectrum. Individuals with intellectual disabilities often have difficulties with communication, social interactions and leisure or play activities and are faced with difficult educational and social challenges. In collaboration with speech pathologists, occupational therapists and educational professionals, Quest Kids develops and implements an appropriate path of learning that meets each child's specific needs. (information from their website) If you'd like to learn more, please visit their website!   http://www.questinc.org
 
The Morgan Center is located on the first floor of Heritage Hall. The Morgan Center provides preschool age children who are undergoing treatment for cancer the opportunity to interact and
socialize in a safe environment that stimulates cognitive and social development. Children on chemotherapy treatment have a suppressed immune system, and could otherwise risk infection and serious illness by attending typical age appropriate preschool programs. (information from their website) To learn more, please visit their website
http://www.themorgancenter.org/
 
Use of Heritage Hall : During the week, the Heritage Hall is completely dedicated to these two programs and is not in use by Trinity.  On the weekends there will likely be some sharing of space with Quest, on the second floor, for Sunday School classrooms. However, Trinity will not be using the first floor at all because TMC limits their students' exposure to germs by using special cleanliness precautions and limiting exposure to outside germs.  Please respect those boundaries to keep those kiddos safe and healthy! Give a warm welcome to our new friends when you run across them on campus.   
 
Please let us know!
Please let your Trinity family know of any scheduled surgery or hospital stay.  In addition to scheduled procedures, please give the church office a call to let us know about extended illness, unplanned hospital stays, or even the birth of a child.  You can call the office at any time and leave a message-no need to wait until business hours (407-488-1919 x101). During business hours, that information can then be forwarded to the appropriate caregivers.  For an emergency that requires the care of a Pastor after hours or over the weekend call or text us at 407-490-7339 and leave a message. We'll get back to you ASAP. We want to be sure to know when you need us-whether to pray with you before a scheduled procedure, sit with you during a loved one's procedure, pray for you while you recover, visit you in the hospital/at home or to share praise and thanksgiving prayers for good news/results. Just let us know.  Thank you.
 
Urgent Prayer Requests
If you have an urgent prayer request that can't wait until you fill out a yellow prayer card during worship, please submit it via email to Pray@TrinityDowntown.com .  While submitting a yellow card during worship is still the preferred way to share prayer requests, sometimes a prayer need can't wait until Sunday.  Your prayer request (first name and basic details of the prayer requested) will be shared with a team of committed weekday prayer warriors and will also be added to Trinity's regular printed prayer list for the congregation.  All prayers are kept on the printed list for a period of three weeks, so please resubmit long term prayer needs regularly so that they stay on the printed list. Thank you.
 
Ministry Partners
 
LiveUCF Gala
LiveUCF's annual fundraising gala is scheduled for October 12, 2019 at 6pm, hosted by Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. There will be a silent auction, dinner & drinks, and keynote speakers Eddie and Rene Taubensee.  For more information, go to LifeUCF.com/gala

  Important Dates

August 17-18 Sunday School and MS/HS groups begin
August 21 Operation Barnabas meeting
August 28 Choir Rehearsals Begin
August 30 OWLS Lunch
Sept 2  CDC and Campus closed for Labor Day
Sept 15 Trinity's 100th Anniversary Breakfast and Combined Worship 
Sept 28-29  Food & Funds on the Fifth Sunday


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